Juice that fruit!


Jan 12, 2016 by Aman

If you've got the will to consume the veggies you think you should have, that's great, but if they're already getting you down – and let's face it, you can have too much of a good thing sometimes – why not invest in a juicer?

Macerator or centrifuge?

The main difference between a macerator action juicer and a centrifugal one is the price. If you're not sure that juicing is going to be your thing, you may not want to spend the extra on the macerator. However, if you know you love the silky, creamy flavour of broccoli, spinach, and all things good for you, the macerator tends to be the most efficient, giving you the most for your money.

What to drink?

As with every kind of recipe, some flavours work together really well, and some may not. It's best not to overdo the fruit when juicing because they are full of sugar. All of the sugar and none of the fibre is not necessarily a good thing, particularly if you're keeping an eye on your weight, so offset it with veggies for a healthier option.

Less is probably more when it comes to juicing; keep the numbers of ingredients down when you're starting; perhaps aim to use no more than three different types of fruit or veg.

Flavours that go together

If you give yourself a fruit base that you know you like, such as apple, pear, or orange, and then add a couple of superfood ingredients to those, you can play with the quantities until you find the perfect combination.

Apple-based concoctions

Cucumber, mint and apple tastes great and is highly refreshing, and the humble cucumber is chock-full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It even makes your breath smell better!

The combination of apple, broccoli and spinach gives you a lovely creamy flavour with a lot of depth and roundness, and if it initially tastes a little too much like broccoli, there's nothing wrong with adding an extra couple of apples. Sweeter apples will produce a sweeter drink, but try it with Granny Smith or Braeburn apples for a bigger kick.

Citrus-based mixtures

The old classic carrot and orange with a touch of ginger will really spice up your taste buds and has the added bonus of beta carotene to clarify your eyes and hair. In fact, beta carotene is found in lots of veggies, and its uses go far beyond improving your eyesight. It's an antioxidant, so it can boost your immune system, clean up your skin and generally make you feel better all over.

If you like it fruity and juicy, why not test out a whole lemon (skin and all) with a nub of ginger, and just enough honey to sweeten it for your palate? Add water so that it isn't too acidic, and you'll have a stunning lemonade that the whole family can enjoy. Whole lemon is great for your digestive system, as is ginger, and if you've got some worries in that direction, sipping this tasty juice is a great way to soothe and encourage your belly to be nice to you.